Colombian rider Egan Bernal added the Giro d’Italia title to his Tour de France victory after safely maintaining his advantage in the final day’s time trial in Milan on Sunday.
Bernal, who won the Tour in 2019, was the last to come off the ramp with an overall lead of almost two minutes.
The Ineos Grenadiers rider completed the 30.3 kilometer course in 35 minutes and 41 seconds to claim the overall victory in 1:29. He pumped his hands over his head as he crossed the line in front of the famous Milan Cathedral.
“It’s hard to realize what I did. I just won a Giro d’Italia. I have no words after what happened in those two years, ”said Bernal, 24, who suffered from a persistent back injury that forced him to abandon the Tour de l. last year.
Damiano Caruso finished second overall, with Simon Yates completing the podium. Yates finished 4:15 behind Bernal.
Bernal’s team-mate Filippo Ganna won the individual time trial despite a late puncture after the Italian’s closest rival, Remi Cavagna, fell around 600 meters from the finish.
Ganna was the favorite to triumph on the 21st and final stage. He won the opening time trial in Turin and all three Giro time trials last year as well as another stage.
Ganna took the lead with a time of 33:48 but his chances of winning seemed precarious as he lost around 20 seconds when forced to change bikes after a puncture.
Cavagna looked set to beat his time, but the French time trial champion appeared to lock his brakes in a turn and flipped his bike over as Ganna watched from the leader’s harness.
Cavagna recovered unscathed and finished second, 12 seconds behind Ganna.
Edoardo Affini is third, a second further.